By Jimmy John
The Indian government will provide health insurance cover of INR5m ($66,666) per person to health workers who are in the frontline of fighting COVID-19 cases in the country.
With over 650 active COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths in the country as of 26 March, the insurance scheme will benefit 2.2m health workers and was announced by Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on 26 March.
Insurance for three-month period
The insurance cover for health workers, which includes sanitation staff, paramedics, nurses, ASHA workers and doctors will be for a three-month period came into effect on 25 March. Health workers across the country face the highest risk of contracting COVID-19 as they work closely with patients and in many cases with just the basic protective wear. Asha workers are community health worker instituted by the ministry of health and family welfare as a part of the national rural health mission.
The scheme will cover their hospitalisation and treatment costs and is applicable to all government health centres, wellness centres and hospitals of the central government as well as all the state governments.
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